Thunderstorms knock out power to thousands in Virginia, D.C., MD overnight Wednesday

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Strong rain and lightning knocked out power to thousands of people overnight in the Washington and Baltimore areas.

Fairfax County, Virginia, was hardest hit. Dominion Virginia Power had about 2,800 customers without power in Fairfax County early Thursday. But by 7 a.m., only about 600 outages remained.

Baltimore Gas and Electric had about 6,500 weather-related outages, primarily in Harford County and Baltimore city. The utility says all but about 350 customers have had power restored.

In Prince George's County, Pepco had about 550 outages overnight and another 400 in Montgomery County. About 127 customers were still without power by 7 a.m.

Most customers in the District of Columbia did not lose power.

As of 8:30 a.m. Thursday, the current outage numbers in the D.C. metro area are:

BGE 895 Pepco 156 Dominion (Northern Virginia)
445 SMECO 2 NOVEC 2 Potomac Edison (Md. only)
7 Rappahannock 0

If your power goes out, you can report the outage to your power company by calling these numbers:

BGE 1-877-778-2222 Pepco 1-877-737-2662 Dominion 1-866-DOM-HELP SMECO 1-877-747-6326 NOVEC 1-888-335-0500 Potomac Edison